Elena Calvillo’s research and writing have focused on artistic service and imitative strategies in sixteenth-century papal Rome. She is broadly interested in theories of representation and cultural translation and brokerage in Italy, Spain and Portugal in the sixteenth century. She has published several articles on the Croatian miniaturist Giulio Clovio at the court of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and the writings of Clovio’s Portuguese contemporary Francisco de Holanda. Her most recent study, “Authoritative Copies and Divine Originals: Lucretian Metaphor, Painting on Stone and the Problem of Originality in Michelangelo’s Rome,” Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013), considers techniques of painting developed by Clovio, Holanda, and Sebastiano del Piombo in the context artistic theory and practice during the Tridentine period. She continues to work on the technique of oil painting on stone supports and the Roman career of Sebastiano del Piombo and is editing a collection of papers on the practice in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. She is also completing her book manuscript on Clovio, “The Cardinal’s Artist: Giulio Clovio and artistic Service in Sixteenth-century Rome,” and has begun a new book project that examines, on one hand, the way in which artists experienced and reproduced in novel or precious media the canonical forms of Early Modern Rome and, on the other hand, the ways in which collectors outside of Italy received and valued these artistic translations.
“Authoritative Copies and Divine Originals: Lucretian Metaphor, Painting on Stone, and the Problem of Originality in Michelangelo’s Rome” Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013): 453-508.
“Reading Pliny in Francisco de Holanda’s Roman Dialogues,”Gifts in Return: Essays in Honor of Charles Dempsey, pp. 263-96, ed. Melinda Schlitt. Essays and Studies, 30, ed. Konrad Eisenbichler (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012).
“Buon Giudizio e Miniatura della Controriforma per il Cardinal Farnese,” in the commentary volume for the facsimile of Il Farnese Lezionario, ed. Jonathan J.G. Alexander (Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2008), pp. 63-96.
“Some New Contexts for the Farnese Hours,” in Umjetnički dodiri dviju jadranskih obala u 17. i 18. stoljeću (Split: Knjizevni Krug, 2007), pp. 137-52.
“‘Il Gran Miniatore’ at the Court of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese,” in Artists at Court: Image-Making and Identity, 1350-1550, ed. Stephen J. Campbell (Chicago/Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 2004), pp. 163-75, 238-44.
“Romanità and Grazia: Giulio Clovio’s Pauline Frontispieces for Marino Grimani,” The Art Bulletin LXXXII, no. 2 (2000): 280-97.